pens

What Is Your Favourite Pen?

Yes, this is the internet, but we all still have to write by hand sometimes. I was just in the middle of an interview and my pen ran out of ink. What should I get to replace it?


A Gorgeous Inkless Pen That Never Needs A Refill

Pininfarina is known for turning Ferraris and other exotic cars into even more impressive works of art, so it’s a safe assumption that its new 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano writing instrument is going to cost a small fortune when available. But with an inkless design that never needs a new cartridge, it could eventually pay for itself — after a century of use.


The Classic Bic Pen Now Works On Your Smartphone Display Too

Writing implements aren’t going to be supplanted by touchscreen devices anytime soon. But that isn’t stopping Bic from hedging its bets and ensuring its classic see-through plastic pens remain relevant. The company’s new Cristal Stylus features a rubber tip on the bottom letting you jot notes on a touchscreen device, while the business end still features a ballpoint ink tip for writing on paper.


Porsche's New Pens Extend And Retract Their Tips With A Simple Shake

They’re not designed for those with emphatic penmanship, but Porsche Design’s lovely new Shake Pens will definitely appeal to those who like a perfect balance of form and function. Sure, the two designs might be a little on the chunky side, but that’s easy to forgive, since they house a mechanism that allows their ballpoint tips to retract and extend with a simple shake of the wrist.


What's The Ink In A Standard Rollerball Pen Made Of?

You probably have no idea where the ink in your pen comes from, much less whether it’s a simple factory process or demanding of more expertise. Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant for bio and petrochemicals, has your answer.


A Pen That Just Might Be Mightier Than An Actual Sword

The rat race is a war fought on domestic soil, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. And those of you who bravely march into work every morning need to ensure you’re properly equipped for your nine-to-five battle. A shiny pair of wingtips and a brown bag lunch will only get you to the front lines. For guaranteed victory you need more in your arsenal, like a fancy haircut, and Gerber’s new Impromptu Tactical Pen.


Could A Spell-Checking Pen Get You To Write In Cursive?

Handwriting is dying out in general, but cursive especially. Does anyone under the age of 20 ever use it anymore? They will, if the minds behind Lernstift have anything to say about it. They’ve got a haptic smart-pen that will spell-check your script, but does that really make it any more enticing?


Silicone Pens Give You The Maintenance-Free Lawn You've Always Wanted

If you love the look of plants on your desk, but have a nasty habit of killing them through neglect, consider this faux greenery as an alternative. What look like tall blades of grass are actually unfortunately named Pooleaf pens with long wisps of silicone coming off the end.


The Ballpoint Pen Turns 75 Years Old

You’ve probably never used a fountain pen, or accidentally spilled a jar of refill ink and ruined your favourite pants. And for that, you have the ballpoint pen to thank. The handy gadget is having its 75th birthday today, so go sign away your rights to something to celebrate!


Making Your Own Pen Is So Beautiful It Might Be Worth It

Things I’ve considered making on my own: a computer, a coffee table, a treehouse, mayonnaise and a few other things. Things I’ve never considered making on my own: toilet paper, socks, phones and pens. But maybe I should reconsider that last one. Making your own pen is such a beautiful process of machinery porn that I want to see the steel strip off the barrel in real life.